Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama often seemed to be more in tune with younger audiences than many of his predecessors, and that remains true today as the former commander-in-chief released his annual summer playlist. . And as you’d expect, there’s something for everyone with even a few modern and classic rock tunes for good measure.
Although it’s not hard to imagine the former president being a young man impressed by Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ from the 1984 film purple rain, his tastes extend both forward and backward from this time. Other rock tracks that appear on his summer 2022 playlist include Joe Cocker’s “Feelin’ Alright”, Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” as well as more modern picks such as “I’m Shakin ‘” by Jack White and “Angelica” by Wet Leg.
But appealing to a wider base of social media followers, you’ll also find country (Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Lyle Lovett), modern pop and rap (Harry Styles, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar) artists on the list. ), classic R&B (Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding) and even Dave Brubeck’s jazzy favorite “Take Five”.
“Each year, I’m excited to share my summer playlist because I learn about so many new artists from your responses — it’s an example of how music can truly bring us together,” Obama said. . “Here is what I listened to this summer. What songs would you add? »
See it all and listen to Obama’s Summer 2022 Playlist below.
Listen to Barack Obama’s Summer 2022 Playlist
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